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Former executive accused of forgery

FAKE?The husband of a former minister may soon be summoned for questioning about forging documents to apply for an ROC passport for a Chinese woman

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Former First Financial Holding Co chairman Jerome Chen (陳建隆) may have forged documents to allow a female Chinese friend to enter Taiwan, Taipei prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they opened an investigation into Chen’s activities after Taipei police made the allegations, adding they would soon summon Chen for questioning.

Chen’s wife is former minister of economic affairs Christine Tsung (宗才怡).

Prosecutors said Chen was suspected of writing over Tsung’s name when filling a household document, using the full name of a Chinese woman, surnamed Huang (黃), instead.

Chen also allegedly obtained a fake Republic of China (ROC) passport for Huang, as well as a fake document from police authorities proving Huang had no criminal record in Taiwan.

Prosecutors alleged Chen represented Huang when she applied for citizenship and a passport in Burkina Faso, a diplomatic ally of Taiwan.

Burkina Faso law stipulates that any ROC citizen who invests more than US$10,000 in the country can apply for citizenship, prosecutors said, adding that Chen’s purpose may have been to allow Huang to enter Taiwan with a Burkina Faso passport.

Police authorities have determined that the copies of the three documents used for the applications in Burkina Faso were fake, prosecutors said.

Local media have speculated that the 38-year-old Huang is romantically involved with Chen.

Asked for comment, Tsung told reporters she did not know anything about the alleged activities, adding that she hoped the judicial authorities would clear up the matter.

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